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Loaded bicycle touring allows you time to slow down and enjoy the basics. You pack life’s essentials on a simple human-powered machine and set out at a pace fast enough to cover great distances, yet slow enough to feel connected […]

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Keep a log of your rides, and you might be surprised how fast your speed and endurance progress. Something almost magical happens when you record the results of your efforts. Here is a simple Excel spreadsheet you can download for […]

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Joining our church cycling club for a ride on the Frisco Highline Trail, our five- and eight-year-olds experienced their first group ride. Leading at first, before stopping to drink and ponder the trucks and mountains of gravel at a quarry, […]

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Interest in bicycling is growing across the United States. The United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) aims to “connect America through a network of numbered interstate bicycle routes.” Check out this map to see if your state is participating, where […]

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Helping people bicycle for fun, fitness, travel, and adventure! I want to teach and inform, and inspire and encourage you. Follow me to learn more about: Safe routes Tips, pointers, and inspiration Slow-is-okay fitness rides Over-night touring trips Comment or […]

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Getting away for a cycling adventure doesn’t have to require oodles of time and money. You can plan an inexpensive, weekend trip right from your front door, like this three day trip from Springfield, Missouri through the Mark Twain National […]

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Family bike rides are terrific for spending quality time together! They’re social, educational, active, and memorable. Ride around the neighborhood, or take a picnic and explore trails at a park. Kids of all ages will have fun feeling more grown […]

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ERK, IRK, or URK?

“ERK!” my son shouts out as we pass the remains of something dead lying on the side of the road. “No, that was definitely an IRK,” I reply. “I’m pretty sure it was an URK,” my other son chimes in. […]

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Dogs and Bikes

Dogs love chasing bikes and I’ve yet to see one check for traffic before darting out. Experienced cyclists invoke various time-tested maneuvers with reflex-like reaction to avoid getting bit, but can’t protect dogs from traffic. Please keep us both safe […]

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Cycling across the United States was my childhood dream that became a reality decades later. Others have pedaled across their state, around the world, or on open-ended rides without a predetermined final destination. How? Make the decision. Pick a realistic […]

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